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Business Briefs, Aug. 4

Initiative board elects Nelson

HUTCHINSON -- Janice Nelson of Montevideo was elected to the Southwest Initiative Foundation board of directors and began her duties July 1. She is an attorney with the law firm of Nelson Oyen Torvik in Monte-video, where she concentrates on real estate, estate planning, elder law and probate. She has served as Montevideo city attorney since 1983.

She is secretary of the real property council for the Minnesota State Bar Association and will become president. She graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a degree in history, worked in banking and later graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School. She returned to her hometown of Montevideo to practice law.

Other board members include Gary Geiger of Willmar, secretary; Robert Saunders of Bird Island, treasurer; and Connie VanDerBill Medin of Spicer.

Olson expands ACO Music Studio

SPICER -- Andrea Olson announces she is expanding her list of services at ACO Music Studio at its new facility, 9518 North Shore Dr., Spicer. In addition to piano and voice lessons, the studio offers violin, guitar, saxophone and kindermusik classes.

The studio also has a recording study for those who are unfamiliar with kindermusik.

The studio is offering a week of free kindermusik demo classes Aug. 17-21. The number to call is 320-796-0576.

Olson studied piano performance at the Biola University Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and has been teaching private lessons for the past six years.

Pennock Co. upgrades with mobile equipment

PENNOCK -- Tom Amberg, owner of The Pennock Co., announces the company has upgraded its equipment to service clients at their businesses. The Pennock Co. provides document destruction and confidential shredding.

The Pennock Co. has been in the paper shredding business since 2002, offering off-site service (pick up and destroy). The company offers a 5/16 strip cut for secure destruction and proper disposal.

The truck is custom-made to run efficiently to save on fuel and wear and tear to keep costs low. With the help of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, The Pennock Co. has been able to commit to better customer service with the design of its Web page at for scheduling pick-ups.

VanDyke joins Bellezza Salon

SPICER -- Shauna VanDyke has joined Bellezza Salon and Spa, 101 Lake Ave., in Spicer. She graduated from Avalon Beauty Academy in Worthington in July 2008 and specializes in hair color, cuts, manicures, pedicures and facials. She is available for appointments Monday through Saturday by calling 796-0767. She is from Willmar and graduated in 2005 from Central Minnesota Christian School. She lives with her husband, Kris.

Rice Care HR manager earns certification

WILLMAR -- LuAnn Sietsema, human resources manager at the Rice Care Center, recently earned certification as a senior professional in human resources.

The certification was awarded by the HR Certification Institute.

To become certified, applicants must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience. The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management.